My new book, A NOTRE DAME MAN: The Mike DeCicco Story has been released by Corby Books. It’s currently available for $19.95 at the Corby website – www.corbypublishing.com – and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on campus. It will be released on amazon.com at a later date.
Here’s the back of the book description:
In the Spring of 1963, the University of Notre Dame football program was reeling. The Irish hadn’t had a winning season since 1958, and the depth chart got even thinner when five Irish football players were kicked off the team for failing to meet the University’s academic standards.
When the news reached University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh and his executive vice president Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, the two men sought out a way to maintain both high academic and athletic standards. Their solution was a new academicadvising program for the University’s student-athletes. The man they chose to create this fledgling program was fencing coach and engineering professor Mike DeCicco.
A NOTRE DAME MAN: The Mike DeCicco Story, tells the true tale of DeCicco’s humble beginnings as an immigrant’s son, his journey from New Jersey to South Bend, and his more then 40 years of service to the University as a professor, the all-time winningest coach in Notre Dame history, and the creator of an academic advising program that led to a 98 percent graduation among the University’s student-athletes.
Author Jeremy D. Bonfiglio goes beyond the scoreboard using in-depth interviews with DeCicco, his friends and family, as well as some of Notre Dame’s most storied athletes, coaches, and staff, including Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz, and Father Hesburgh, to uncover the impact one man had on a countless number of athletes who learned from him how to succeed in sports, in the classroom, and in life.